13 October Sunday

Istanbul’s Galata and Beyazıt Towers to Turn Pink for Breast Cancer Awareness Month

The Galata and Beyazıt Towers will turn pink between October 14 and 20 to raise awareness for breast cancer – the most commonly diagnosed cancer among women worldwide.

On the occasion of October 15 World Breast Health Day, the Istanbul Metropolitan Municipality (IMM) will partner with the Association for Breast Health (MEMEDER) on a visual project to raise awareness for breast cancer.

Two of Istanbul’s most iconic landmarks, the Galata and Beyazıt towers will shine pink between October 14 and 20, as part of the events marking breast cancer awareness month.

October marks the International Breast Cancer Awareness Month –  an annual campaign to increase awareness on the disease through various activities all over the world. The ‘pink ribbon’ has been an international symbol for breast cancer awareness since 1993.

The term “breast cancer” refers to a malignant tumor that develops from cells in the breast. Usually, breast cancer begins either in the cells of the lobules, which are the milk-producing glands, or the ducts, which are the passages that drain milk from the lobules to the nipple. Although the exact cause is unknown, genetic predisposition increases the risk of breast cancer.

Around 2,000,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer every year around the world – 25,000 of whom are in Turkey.  Every one in 10 women is at risk of being diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime. Although it is not possible to prevent the disease, early diagnosis generally increases the chances for successful treatment.

MEMEDER was established in 2007 to raise awareness among Turkish women due to the rapid increase in the frequency of breast cancer diagnoses in the country. The association, known for its “Breast Cancer Screening Program”, has been keeping scientific records for  the past 11 years, and shares the findings with the scientific community.


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